Rise in CO2 levels in Hawaiʻi
The explosion followed three months of increased activity in the crater, which has been releasing high levels of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, said observatory geochemist Jeff Sutton.
A white plume can be seen rising from the Halemaumau vent near Kilauea's summit, which stands at 4,091 feet. Scientists said that the plume is carrying small amounts of ash and elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.Kīlauea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kīlauea is located on Hawaiʻi Island, Hawaiʻi, in the United States. It lies against the southeast flank of much larger Mauna Loa volcano. Mauna Loa's massive size and elevation (13,677 feet or 4,169 m) is a stark contrast to Kīlauea, which rises only 4,091 feet (1,247 m) above sea level, and thus from the summit caldera appears as a broad shelf of uplands well beneath the long profile of occasionally snow-capped Mauna Loa, 15 miles (24 km) distant.
We report a new CO2 emission rate of 8,500 tons/day (t/d) for the summit of Kilauea Volcano, a result several times larger than previous estimates....Kilauea's CO2 emissions were steady at about 8,500 tons per day until 2004, then the measured emission rate doubled, then nearly tripled in 2005.
No news of what the new rate of outgassing of CO2 is. I'm sure those clever chaps at the Mauna Loa Observatory, only fifteen miles away, which is the baseline station for world CO2 levels will have figured it all into the adjustments they do to the figures....